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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Going stir crazy, need help...

Hi all,

The daily routine of stuff that must be done has worn me down to an irritable mess. I need to get out and shake off the existential frustration that modern life breeds like hatchery fry. But I need some help.

I'd like to find a place to go - I'm willing to put 8 hours of driving down from Boise in each direction. I want to stay in wicked cheap accommodations like a primitive yurt or cabin and have access to at least a couple of rivers with steelhead. I don't want to be shoulder-to-shoulder (otherwise I would go to the SF Clearwater) but I don't have a boat. I could afford a guide for one day if I eat leaves and twigs while I'm out. Can anyone recommend me a base-camp that meets these requirements?

Any other advice. PM's would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Oregon coast would be my guess. It's a long drive for you and probably blown out right now but will come into shape a few days after the rain stops.

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Well, if it didn't need to be steelhead, there's still a couple of weeks left on the south fork of the Boise river below the dam before it closes. If you have a 6 wt or less you can swing light wets size 6 and smaller for 20+" rainbows, lots of great runs and no one around during the week. Flows are around 600cfs, which creates some nice runs. There are some primatve campsites along the river, plenty of sticks to eat.

I've caught steel on the Imnaha and Wallowa rivers in march, hatchery brats. The Imnaha is pretty remote, not many fisherman, smallish river but a great canyon river that comes off the snake river (both Oregon fisheries) and has some primatve camping iirc.
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